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Adventure Trips & Events

North Georgia Outdoor Pursuits hosts a variety of trips and events throughout the year. Check out this semester’s offerings below! When you decide on the trip/event you want to join us on, click the “Register Now” button under the trip/event to start your adventure!

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Fall 2020 Trips & Events

Summer 2020 Photo Contest

Each year Outdoor Pursuits hosts a Photo Contest. There are multiple categories to submit personal photographs from your own life experiences! As part of our contest rules, you may only submit one photo per category so be sure to select your most enticing and captivating picture of your original work for submission. All entries must be submitted via email to Outdoor Pursuits. Ten photos from each category will be selected and posted to the North Georgia Outdoor Pursuits Instagram page. The person who submitted each photo will be tagged, and voting will take place based on the likes on each respective comment. At the end of the event, the photo’s comment with the most likes, within each category will win. You may enter multiple categories for a maximum of six photos.

The winner of each category will receive a prize from one of our amazing sponsors.

For additional information about contest rules and regulations, email Outdoor Pursuits.

Important Dates

Photo Entry Dates: August 17 - August 28, 2020 (all entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m.)
Voting Dates: September 2 - September 6, 2020 (the last vote will be counted at 11:59 p.m.)
Winners Announced: September 8, 2020

Summer 2020 Photo Contest Entry Rules

  1. Submit a *qualified entry via email to Outdoor Pursuits along with your Instagram handle (ex. @ungoutdoorpursuits) and the category you would like to enter.
  2. Check your email! We will send you a confirmation email letting you know that your photo has been received/approved.
  3. Look for your photo on our Instagram! Up to ten photos from each category will be chosen to post on our profile, to then be voted on by our followers. We will tag you in it with the handle you provided to let you know your photo has been chosen.
  4. Share your picture with all of your friends and family! Winners will be chosen based on the most likes on your photo's specific comment within the respective category.

A *qualified entry consists of one uploaded photograph displaying contents congruent with one of the following categories:

  • Into the Wild - A photograph of natural scenery. No man-made structures.
  • Shoots and Roots - A photograph of wildflowers, foliage, or other parts of plants or trees (cultivated flowers, shrubs, etc. are excluded).
  • Good Eats and Appalachian Treats - A photograph of someone preparing or eating a meal in a natural setting.
  • Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! - A photograph of personal pets or wild animals in a natural setting.
  • Water - Above, below, or in between. Water must be the prominent feature of the photograph.
  • Social Distancing - You or others practicing social distancing while still enjoying the great outdoors!

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September 19 - November 13, 2020

Can you reach the summit? Come and challenge yourself with the Rec Center Climbing Wall's Annual Thunderhead Summit Challenge, where participants strive to climb a vertical mile.

Cost: Free

It doesn't matter if you've never climbed before or if you're a seasoned climber - this challenge is for everyone! Reach any of the five levels and get a prize. Download the Strava app and join the UNG Thunderhead 2020 club to enter. Be in the top 10 to earn prizes!

September 23, 2020

Make and eat backcountry pizza with Outdoor Pursuits! Participants will learn how to utilize camping stoves and how cooking outdoors can differ from cooking in your kitchen.

Cost: Free
Registration Closes: October 18, 2020
After registering on UNGConnect, you will be contacted by the Outdoor Pursuits staff and will be sent links for trip payment and appropriate waivers. 

September 25, 2020

Paddle the Lower Chestatee River with Outdoor Pursuits and Appalachian Outfitters.

Trip Cost: $25 (includes kayak rental and guides)
Registration Closes: September 22, 2020
After registering on UNGConnect, you will be contacted by the Outdoor Pursuits staff and will be sent links for trip payment and appropriate waivers. 

*Note: Due to COVID-19, transportation to and from all trip sites will not be provided by Outdoor Pursuits. Participants are responsible for arranging travel to the trip site.

October 24, 2020

Join Outdoor Pursuits for a day hike and discover what North Georgia has to offer!

Trip Cost: $15 (includes any necessary gear and guides)
Registration Closes: October 16, 2020
After registering on UNGConnect, you will be contacted by the Outdoor Pursuits staff and will be sent links for trip payment and appropriate waivers. 

*Note: Due to COVID-19, transportation to and from all trip sites will not be provided by Outdoor Pursuits. Participants are responsible for arranging travel to the trip site.

November 11, 2020

Spend the day at Mt. Yonah for a bouldering session! Mt. Yonah has plenty of climbing options for those just starting out in the sport to the more experienced.

Trip Cost: $15 (includes any necessary gear and guides)
Registration Closes: October 31, 2020
After registering on UNGConnect, you will be contacted by the Outdoor Pursuits staff and will be sent links for trip payment and appropriate waivers. 

*Note: Due to COVID-19, transportation to and from all trip sites will not be provided by Outdoor Pursuits. Participants are responsible for arranging travel to the trip site.

Previous Trips & Events

Rec it Out

August

Come hang out with the Rec staff and experience all the fun and adventurous elements at Pine Valley during our annual Rec It Out event! We’ll open up daring elements on the course, have intramural games to compete in, a fitness challenge, and tubing down the river! Earn points for completing tasks and win a grand prize if you win!

Shuttles will be picking up and dropping off at the mouth of the drill field for a free ride to Pine Valley!

This is a FREE event!

Stand Up Paddle Board Trip

Fall

Come float with us in Chattanooga, Tennessee! Hike and explore Julia Falls and then let the stress of school flow away and enjoy exploring the beautiful Tennessee River on a self-guided paddle board tour with our trip leaders.

Howl-O-Ween Swing

October

Join us for our family-friendly Annual Howl-O-Ween Swing to benefit TLC Humane Society! 

Puppies, rides, raffles, a bouncy house, pumpkin carving, costumes, camp stove classes, and MORE!

This is a FREE event!

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Thunderhead Summit Challenge

September-November

Can YOU reach the summit? Come and challenge yourself with the Rec Center Climbing Wall’s 3rd Annual Thunderhead Summit Challenge, where participants strive to climb a vertical mile.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never climbed before or if you’re a seasoned climber: this challenge is for everyone! Reach any of the five levels and get a prize. Be one to reach the Thunderhead level and receive all level prizes PLUS a free T-shirt!

Level 1: Tallulah Gorge (30 total climbs)

Level 2: Lookout Mountain (72 total climbs)

Level 3: Yonah Mountain (96 total climbs)

Level 4: Blood Mountain (135 total climbs)

Level 5: Thunderhead Mountain (160 total climbs)

Other prizes may include the first male and first female to complete the challenge, the male and female with the farthest total climbs, etc.

Come to the Climbing Wall during open hours (Monday-Thursday 3pm-8pm, Friday 1pm-4pm) and join the Challenge!

This is a FREE event!

Ski Trip

January

This two night ski trip is great for both the novice and the experienced skier. Choose between either skiing or snowboarding at Wolf Ridge Ski Resort in North Carolina. The price includes your ticket, basic rentals, dinner, breakfast, and lodging for the night. 

Cost Varies

Skydiving

Summer

Always wanted to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Now is your chance! Come experience the thrill of a lifetime and join us on our Annual Skydiving trip to mark this adventure off your bucket list. We’ll be skydiving with Skydive Monroe. The cost of skydiving and transportation are included in the price. Additional costs may incur if you would like pictures or video of your flight.

Cost Varies

Zorbs n' S'mores

November 

We’ve got Zorbs and we’ve got S’mores! Fuel up with a s’more, then put yourself in a giant bubble and learn some Zorb Games. We’ve got music, vendors, an equipment showcase, and a cooking class to accompany all of your favorite event needs.

This is a FREE event!

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